Reporting on the Olympics opening ceremony of 1896
A short paragraph was all that Reuters felt was necessary when reporting the opening ceremony of the very first modern Olympics on April 6, 1896. Held in Athens, the games were then perceived on a national (Greek) level and not an international one. It is gratifying to note that ‘enthusiastic interest was taken in the sports.’
The comparisons are enlightening as 120 years ago there were around 245 athletes, all men, taking part from just 14 nations.
Compare that to the Rio 2016 opening
In 2016 there are some 11,000 athletes competing, from over 200 countries, some from places that did not exist a century ago including Kosovo and South Sudan. The biggest round of applause for a team entering the stadium during the opening ceremony was for the first-ever Refugee team.
See our reportage of the opening in its multimedia glory, Brazil casts aside crisis in rousing Rio Games opening.
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